Evaluators from all over the Europe and beyond gathered together in Maastricht, Netherlands to enjoy the 12th EES Biennial Conference. From 26th until the 30th September, the Maastricht´s MECC was full of multi-disciplinary evaluators, focusing on the role of evaluation in a changing world.
Looking back on the conference, Tereza Zvolská, Membership Manager of EES states: “For me and my colleagues, the city of Maastricht was experienced very positively. The town itself is very citizen-friendly, it may be a standard of The Netherlands, but to me as a visitor, I was amazed by the omnipresent bike-roads and sidewalks.
Locals were super-helpful, I felt no language barrier and there was always someone I could ask for help. It was sometimes challenging with the public transport, but since the MECC wasn´t that far from the city center, this wasn´t much of an issue.
I always enjoyed the nightwalks to the place where we stayed and that gave me an impression, that Maastricht is beautifull, tolerant and safe city.“
The European Evaluation Society (EES) is a non-profit association initiated in 1992 with the first official board election in autumn 1995 and it started its work in January 1996. Since the start of the Society, it has organized biennial conferences in many European countries.
The mandate of EES is to stimulate, guide and promote the theory, practice and utilization of evaluation in Europe and beyond. The common vision is a world where evaluation contributes to human welfare through social learning.
About the conference in Maastricht
The topic, which was chosen for this year conference is “Evaluation Futures in Europe and Beyond: Connectivity, Innovation and Use”. It reflects the conviction that with continuous changes in Europe and globally, evaluation cannot stay the same. It must evolve to remain relevant. We believe that the Conference was an important opportunity to jointly explore questions and seek answers to what this means.
Almost 700 participants engaged in the conference in over the three conference days, which included more than 70 panels, 100 sessions and 270 oral presentations.
The conference provided a variety of platforms for discussions. Apart of the traditional presentations and panel sessions, EES 2016 organisers also experimented with less formal set-ups, such as fishbowl panels, taking a break in the knowledge cafes and benefit from the open space “pop-up” conference session at the end of the programme.